With a variety of different spinoffs from Doctor Who, sometimes it's hard to
wade through the good and the bad. Torchwood began quite slow,
however it managed to land on its feet during the second season and
became a fan favourite.
Than you have The Sarah Jane Adventures, a
spinoff series starring the original 70's Doctor Who but set in
current continuity starring
Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, one of this mythologies most
the series, Sarah Jane Smith is older and has her own companions which include her son Luke (Tommy Knight),
Clyde (Deaniel Anthony) and Rani Chandra (Anjli Mohindra) who invite
the viewer on almost a childlike Doctor Who experience as they take
on a variety of classic and new Doctor Who villains.
This is definitely for the fans and although I can see what the BBC were trying to achieve
with this collection, it does feel a little too camp for my liking.
The stories are actually quite ok to mediocre but I think the acting
leaves a lot to be desired which just seems like a cash in on the
Doctor Who premise as opposed to something more thoughtful like
The video quality of Doctor Who - The Sarah Jane Adventures: The
Complete Second Season on DVD is actually good which is pretty
much a staple of BBC TV shows to this format. It features sharp
images and vibrant colours that compliments the story well, even
though some of the special effects live in the world of Cheesevlile.
Amazingly enough, the special
features are pretty impressive for a C-grade Dr. Who spinoff that
include interviews, character profiles, TV spots and even trailers.
If you consider this Doctor Who-lite, you might get some enjoyment
out of it but on a scale of 1 to 10, you're looking at a 6 and
that's being generous!